Life After Weight Loss Surgery: 3 Months Later


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After my appointment last Friday with Phoenix Health (the company who did my by-pass surgery) I am quite relaxed. Even though this week I am doing my first observed lesson (that means I get “marked” guys!) I am genuinely chill. The main reason? The dietician told me I am still the perfect patient, and that I am on track for losing 75%-80% of my excess body weight! I have lost 35% already, in 3 months.

It’s crazy to think that in 6 months I could have lost all of my excess weight, the last 20%-25% I’d be losing on my own with calorie counting and trying to exercise.

29th Jul142 kg / 22 stone 4 lbs49.1
12th Aug137 kg / 21 stone 6 lbs47.4
20th Sep128 kg / 20 stone 2 lbs44.2
15th Nov118.2 kg / 18 stone 6 lbs40.8

10 kilos in 8 weeks is pretty good! That’s about 2lbs a week I think? Overall I’ve lost 4 stone, so that is certainly a success. I’ll lose weight more slowly now as I can eat more normal amounts, though I am still pretty limited to about a ramekin full of food per meal. Fingers crossed for the future!

Life after weight loss surgery: weeks 9-12

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 12 weeks since the surgery – almost three months have flown by! During this time I’ve started my placement as a trainee teacher and have completed one if my modules for my PGCE. Already I am thinking about doing another course while I do this teaching certificate. It’s another level 7 course and might contribute towards the full Masters (I think its worth about 30-40 level 7 credits and the PGCE gives me 60 I think). If I then was able to add something educational psychology based at level 7 next academic year (2020-2021) while I work it would set me up perfectly for applying for the Educational Psychology PhD. This new course I am considering is the CELTA TEFL course and would enable me to work as an online tutor for English, teaching people in Eastern Asia – from China, Japan and Taiwan. I could even do that full time while I applied for teaching jobs if I am unlucky in getting job offers when I graduate.

Ironically, I’ve also been recruited by Weight Watchers, they saw my CV on Monster and emailed me. It was more because of my Health Psychology background but when they found out about my own weight loss story they said I would be a perfect WW Coach, haha! I think combined with my teaching expertise I’d make a good coach too, and my ties to John Moore’s, specifically to Lisa and her diabetes research, means I have some ideas about how to go about this job. It’s important to have links to the community and I’d create links to the uni and AintreeLOSS, concentrating on reducing fatty livers and type 2 diabetes which is prominent in Merseyside and amongst the typical WW member or potential member. This is something else I could do full time if needed, or do both the online ESOL and WW at as many hours as I can handle.

I am now 119kgs, according to my bathroom scales (which are not totally accurate since I’ve ranged between 118 and 120 the last few days!) but I visit Frodsham to see my surgeon next Friday and I’ll be weighed there by their more accurate and expensive scales. Either way it seems I am another 8 kilos down from the last time I saw her (and plan to lose more in the next 12 days!) and when I reach 115 I’ll be at 39 BMI and able to pursue the adoption process. That’s another boon of the online tutoring, by the way, I’ll be home half the time. I could also teach evening classes part time in Psychology and ESOL, while teaching online at Chinese peak times at home.

The future is looking promising, and I am determined to try and be under 110 kilos by Christmas! And to be losing weight over the holidays too!

It’s 5.20am and I have to be up for uni in 40 minutes so I should sleep. It’s nice when you are awake because of positive things keeping your mind buzzing!!!

Employ us -and- pay us equally


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One of the most iconic brands in the UK and worldwide and definitely our best broadcaster is shamefully leading the way when it comes to gender-equality – and not in a good way. This is hardly news, but I still feel aggrieved and angry on behalf of female broadcasters when I see this:

BBC likes paying men

For those not sure about the gender of Nicky Campbell, he is an old white dude. In fact, these are all middle aged to old WHITE DUDES.

It makes me wonder why I buy a TV license, we only started getting one again before the world cup and since then I’ve mostly watched Escape to the country, Versailles and Poldark. More white dudes in lead roles. HOWEVER, the new Doctor is a lady, and that starts soon as well as the BBC making Good Omens and and His Dark Materials (which has the heroine and main character of Lyra, a teenage girl).

I just really want to see a woman take Chris Evans place and for her to earn as much as him, maybe even more. We all know it’s not going to happen though, since the listeners will follow him to Virgin and the new host will not be paid as much as a result.

My TM Journey


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This is a blog I wrote for the TMA – Transverse Myelitis Association.

It was a sunny day. I remember the early morning sunshine pouring in through the living room window shaming me into hooving up all the dust. Typically, the hoover bag needed changing first, so while squinting because of the sunlight I bent down to take out the bag. That was when it hit. A sharp, stabbing pain in my lower back.

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Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down


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Pro Choice Vote

The handmaids are always going to be a provocative image whether or not you’ve seen or read A Handmaid’s Tale and could be used for many a subject for a blog. The title of this post could be used for many a subject too, I’ve used the term in relation to bullies, cyberbullying and general feminist discussions. However, this time I want to talk about pro-choice and why votes like repealing the 8th Amendment in Ireland are so important. How pro-choice changes lives in an important and significant manner. Why sex education for children and teenagers is crucial and why women should have ultimate control of their bodies and as much control of their destiny as chance allows.

Explaining my own position will hopefully put things in greater perspective. As a 37 year old white, straight woman living in the UK I am supremely privileged – yet I am still not equal to a white, CIS, UK male. There are some things I want to clarify from the get-go.

  • I support pro-choice not pro-abortion
  • I support education of all options, not press ganging women into one choice using alarming and psychologically distressing pictures and videos.
  • I would never have the abortion procedure but I fight for the right for all women to make that choice and do not judge others choices.

Until a few years ago I would have had an abortion. Even now, as a better educated woman on the procedure itself, I’d have an abortion if my life was in danger. Now my reality is that if life and death did not come into it I’d not abort, but that is my choice and my reasons are my own – though I’ll hint at the reason being linked to how the baby is gotten out, but I’ll not scaremonger by saying more. It’s up to us as parents, carers, teachers and responsible adults to make sure children and teens are educated on all choices. ALL CHOICES.

It horrifies me that any women is put in a room with pro-life literature and forced to read it all before even being allowed near an abortion clinic. Then there are those women throughout the world who are denied anything at all. Not only do we have to pay for our menstrual cycles and have tampons and sanitary towels taxed but so many of us – 50% of the world’s population! – are denied control of our bodies. Everything from pro-lifers shooting patients and nurses outside of clinics to child brides and women dying in labour because they had no other choice than to have the child.

These are decisions ultimately made by men and unfortunately there are women who prop up this culture too by being complicit.

In Ireland a major step was taken, a step for all women in the world. Today we need to build upon that.

“Illegitimi non carborundum…”

“Don’t let the bastards” (men, pro-lifers, governments) “…grind you down.”

Body Language: An Artistic Writing Tool

This is a fantastic tool!

Writers In The Storm Blog

By Sharla Rae

Have you ever people-watched and tried to guess by facial expressions and body movements what people are feeling or thinking?

This non-verbal communication of emotion, state of mind or state of physical well-being is known as body language.

Body Language is one of the most artistic and useful tools in the writing craft.

The art:

Writers paint word visuals of a character’s movements in the reader’s mind and this art  is crucial in making our characters look and act like real people rather than stick characters moving around on the page.

The tools:

I demonstrated how to use body language as a tool to eliminate clunky saidisms in my blog, “Dialogue Tags: How To Kill Some Of The Little Buggers,– showing who’s speaking rather than telling.

Body language may also be used to set the tone or atmosphere in a scene. Example: A character…

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Getting Involved


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In the 1960’s my parents were hippies and then they became activists. In the 70’s they had kids and had to settle, because you know, cannot politick when you are breastfeeding or at work most of the time! This was the 70’s remember! My mother did remain involved as a mother, with our schools and with the local elections. My father was a Union man, TUC and AEEU, ending up in the 1990’s as regional then eventually national rep. They always said to me (and my siblings but I am pretty sure I was the only one who listened!):

“Don’t just vote, hold those you vote in accountable.” 

They showed us how to do this as well, gave us practical examples and though I cannot say I agree with their personal politics they had raised me to question, including debating with them, my parents.

Fast forward to the TwentyTeens, 2017 to be exact. I am 37 this year and for the first time in my life went to see my Member of Parliament (though technically she is a Labour Candidate), Louise Ellman. I did not expect much, I went to hear answers to my questions and to see how in touch she is with her constituents. I got a rumour debunked (about Liverpool Women’s Hospital being closed down) and she told me there were plans to move it so it was closer to better resources. What I think she needs to do is to have a page on her website called “Riverside Rumours Debunked” and then address common misconceptions. I think educating people about local politics and how Westminster works and what the Labour Party are doing would be good too. Both in person and online.

Though her Twitter account was very good her website was lacking for me. It’s a WordPress website – so of course that was not the issue! – but the design was dated, unresponsive and the info the average constituent would want (and perhaps need) wasn’t there. It was better than it was a few months ago, but it looked more like a blog (which had not been updated at all in April) then a politicians webspace. Online presence is something that is important nowadays and perhaps something local politicians could improve (using Skype to speak to constituents for example – so the housebound get to get involved). I am sure there is someone in the Labour party or this constituency who would volunteer to update it the website (as in the design not the content).

All in all I was glad I went and I intend to do more. I want to pursue the issue of the pavements in the area and how wheelchair unfriendly they are, and also get in contact with local councillors.

I encourage everyone to get involved in local politics, how else can we hold those we vote for to account?